Robbery alert issued for Red and Brown Line trains on North Side

Police last night issued another community alert to warn CTA train passengers about robberies aboard Red Line and Brown Line trains on the North Side.

According to the alert, a man approaches passengers while riding trains and then takes the victim’s property before running off at the next station.

Detectives have connected four robberies to the offender: At the North-Clybourn Red Line station in the morning of Dec. 18; at the Chicago Brown Line station late on Dec. 18; at the Grand Red Line station in the evening of Dec. 31; and at the Chicago Red Line station in the afternoon of Jan. 4.

Police said the robber is a black man between 17- and 20-years-old who stands 5’9” to 6-feet tall and weighs 140 to 170 pounds. 

Anyone with information about the incidents can contact Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380 regarding pattern P19-1-414B.

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